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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 9/21/18

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Lesson on the Topic “Entry Into The First Spiritual Degree”

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Talmud Eser Sefirot,  Vol. 3, Part 10, Item 1

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Writings of Baal HaSulam “A Handmaid That Is Heir To Her Mistress”

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 9/20/18

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Lesson on the Topic “Baal Hasulam Memorial Day”, Part 1

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Lesson on the Topic “Baal Hasulam Memorial Day”, Part 2

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Suddenly, The Fog Will Dissipate…

laitman_294.3A lot of intelligent work is required in order to work above reason, much more so than work within reason. Working above reason does not presume that a person becomes stupid, disregarding his intellect; on the contrary, he rises above it. He understands everything, feeling, analyzing, and grasping everything, but in addition, he acquires yet another, even higher reason in the next degree, a step plus one. This is called “faith above reason.”

A person does not only know how to conduct actions. He understands where they stem from, why they are this way, what their internal mechanism is, and thus, this attainment obligates him to perform actions. He becomes smarter and doesn’t do anything without a reason, but searches for the root and the cause. This is “above reason,” meaning rising to a higher reasoning, and it is called “the view of the Torah,” when a person searches for how to activate the Light in which the mind and force of the entire creation can be found.

This is an ascent to a new degree, each time like a new creation. A person cannot do this by himself, but he can perform all the necessary actions that will cause such an effect from above, and suddenly new knowledge, feelings, and understanding will open up—the fog will dissipate. Therefore, it is said: “Everything that you find within your power to do, that do!”1

The mind is simply there to serve our egoistic desire, helping a person seek pleasure and avoid trouble, like an animal. Also, if a person understands that he acts within his egoistic desire and is unable to rise above it, then he wants, unlike an animal, to attain the mind of a human, Adam, that is, to be similar to the Creator. He then begins to act not for the purpose of fulfilling his desire for pleasure, but to become similar to the upper force.

This is a different level of existence where a person feels a different reality. He reveals that there is a network of forces of bestowal rather than reception operating in the world. He integrates into the system of connections between people and reveals all the connections in reality through it, a perfect and eternal system that works according to a single principle of mutual bestowal. And a person wants to belong to this network called the Creator.2
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/12/18, Writings of Rabash, Vol. 2, Article 2 “What Is, “Return, O Israel, Unto the Lord Your God,” in the Work?” (1991)
1 Minute 27:20
2 Minute 36:20

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 9/18/18

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Lesson on the Topic “Yom Kipur

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Talmud Eser Sefirot,  Vol. 1, Part 4, Chapter 1Item 1

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, Shamati 69 “First Will Be the Correction of the World”

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Choose For Yourself: To Die Or To Be Born

laitman_276.01We are all trapped in this world like in a submarine with no way out: either we will kill each other or everyone will annul their egoism and the submarine will expand and turn into a new world.

At first, this place seems horrible, dark, and cramped. Yet, if one annuls one’s egoism, Malchut, and relative to it increases Bina, then this dark, oppressive place becomes a mother’s womb.

Then it will expand even more, transforming into an entire world since we are adding Malchut to the properties of Bina, as a result of which Bina expands boundlessly, embracing the entirety of reality. We begin to constructively use the powers of Malchut and Bina, bringing Malchut to the likeness of Bina. Malchut, which becomes similar to Bina, amplifies bestowal 620 times.

I discover in the tight, oppressive place a governance that is opposite of me and is demanding me to bend, to annul my egoism. I am unable to do that. I scream and pray, but in the end, I nevertheless find the strength for it. Then, in this self-annulment before the force of bestowal, I see how good that force is.

Prior to it, I did not see its goodness. It seemed to me that there is nothing good in bestowal, that only receiving is good. However, out of desperation, after finding myself in a confined, dark, horrible place, as if buried alive in the ground, I decide to change myself in order to enter a new world.

After all, a grave is the same as a mother’s womb. I perceive it as a grave until I find the force of Bina there and identify myself with it. Then it transforms into a mother’s womb.

I have ten minutes in this grave until I suffocate from lack of air. The only way out is to quickly find the force of Bina and transform the grave into a womb. I have to make every effort in order to find that “There is none else besides Him,” which brought me to this state and is concealed within it. I must establish a connection with Him in order to start using the desire to bestow and thus develop in the new world.
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From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/3/18, Lesson on the Topic: “Conception”

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 9/17/18

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Writings of Rabash, Vol. 1, Article 39 “Hear Our Voice” (1985)

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Talmud Eser Sefirot,  Vol. 1, Part 4, Chapter 1Item 1

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “A Handmaid That Is Heir To Her Mistress”

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 9/16/18

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Writings of Rabash, Vol. 1, Article 33 “The Felons of Israel” (1985)

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Talmud Eser Sefirot,  Vol. 6, Part 15, Item 11

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “A Handmaid That Is Heir To Her Mistress”

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The Difference Between A Congress And The Daily Lesson

laitman_284.05A kenes (convention) is a kinus (gathering) where we want to be in the sensation of a single system, and the feeling of that gathering depends on the extent to which each one gives strength to it and acts in connection for everyone, then everyone receives the reward from that. I don’t think the daily lesson covers the congress, both in terms of the quantity and quality of people participating, and also in terms of us not scrutinizing the things as we do in a congress. In a congress, we act only in a positive way to increasingly awaken unity, whereas in our daily lessons, we have the line of criticism. That is the main difference between a lesson and a congress.

Other than that, in a congress, there is a gathering in quantity, not just quality. You have many people gathering together for two to three days in an effort. We will see how we can activate that effort in a virtual congress. On one hand, there is this direction to connect, and on the other hand, it is all more internal and virtual.

It is all organized to us from above where according to what we learn now—what is true connection, where is it, where do we measure it—we also see that it comes to us from above where we even don’t understand exactly what a virtual congress is. Until we reach it, we see exactly it is specifically suited to our state more than a physical congress.1
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/10/18, “The Month of Elul And Rosh HaShanah
1 Minute 0:00 – 0:05

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Rosh HaShanah

laitman_283.02A “year” is a period from the beginning of creation to its end. It is written that a man called Adam was created on the eve of the new year, on Rosh HaShanah, and before that, the whole world was created. Therefore, within a year, we need to complete all the corrections, and if we do not succeed this year, then the next one comes.

A year is a complete cycle of states necessary to correct all of our properties. Therefore, our program for the next year is to reach a final, corrected state, and for this, it is necessary simply to awaken the Creator constantly so that He gives us strength to make corrections. We should not let Him go.1

Blowing the Shofar evokes mercy, the power of the good. Prayer, Shofar—all this is meant to awaken the upper level to make corrections in us.2
From the Daily Zohar Lesson 9/11/18, Zohar for All,  “Rosh HaShanah
1 Minute 25:30
2 Minute 28:54

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A Lifeline For Everyone

laitman_251The desire to enjoy is the material of creation, so it cannot be good or bad. It is just matter that can be neither praised nor condemned—it is just how it was created.

If the desire to enjoy cares only about itself at the detriment of others, it is called egoism. If the desire to enjoy, which receives the ability to give from above, that is, the ability to work with one’s desire in contrast to one’s natural instinct to enjoy himself and instead to give pleasure to others, it is called the desire to bestow.

A desire is able to behave this way if it considers the one to whom it gives more important than itself. If I value you more than myself, then instead of taking for myself, I will give to you.

In our world, it is easy to do. After all, if I see that I depend on the one who is higher, more important, and stronger than me, then I am ready to give to him. I do this based on the same egoistic calculation because by giving it to him, I will win even more than if I took it myself.

There are, however, two conditions for genuine, non-egoistic bestowal. First, the object I want to give to has to be hidden. I should not feel its importance, otherwise I will certainly give with egoistic intentions, as it plays out in this world. Besides, I need to get more strength for such bestowal, despite the total lack of egoistic motivation.

First, we are helped from above, the importance of the higher is hidden. Then, one needs to do it on his own. Other than that, one has to receive the power of bestowal from above. Then I will have the opportunity to give to the Creator although in my corporeal eyes He has no importance. On the contrary, I see that the whole world and I myself am much more important. However, I gain the power of bestowal atop my nature. This is called faith above reason, above one’s own opinion. This is a true miracle from above.1

It is said: “A lifeline has been thrown to us by the Creator.” Why are there so many disappointed people who have not achieved anything? It is because they did not want to hold onto the rope. Everyone gets a lifeline; it hangs right in front of your nose, but you do not want to notice it.

Once one grabs the rope, he starts to get closer to a Kabbalistic group, he gets absorbed in it, and dissolves. We people think the opposite: that we are ready to do anything alone and that these actions will help us.

People remain in this delusion for 10, 20, 30, even 40 years, until they finally agree not to bow down. The force comes from above and they become ready to annul themselves in everything, bow their heads, and join the ten. They are ready to do anything: to give up everything just to join the group.

This is very difficult. It requires self-scrutiny, clarification, and overcoming. One should be very straightforward and honest with himself and with the group.2
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/29/18, Writings of Baal HaSulam,“A Speech for the Completion of The Zohar
1 Minute12:40
2 Minute26:40

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